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Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Lack of Information

I'm a 36 year old female and I've been experiencing one-sided breast pain for 4 months now. No other symptoms. Do I have to just sit here with the pain until 'other' symptoms show up?

-Been treated for mastitis with antibiotics - pain did not go away.
-Had ultrasound - negative
-Blood work - normal

I've read that fibrocystic breast changes happen symmetrically. This is rather odd that one breast is in pain. I am not breastfeeding and have one 9 year old child.

My questions:
-Has anyone known anyone who IBC and what was their experience with this?
-Does there have to be 'other' symptoms before they can do a biopsy?
-How 'uncommon' is it? And what are my chances as a white 36 year old female?
-Why can't I find enough useful information online about this cancer, is it new?
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8552937 tn?1398785559
Ha! First u have a lot of ? I'll I tell u what happen to me I was 38 my left breast has been tender for awhile ,like if my dog jump and landed on it ...it would draw a tear,then I found a pea size not under my left breast, my mom had breast cancer and why didn't I get it looked at then I'd I guess I knew scared...so in about 3weeks it was the size of a golf ball and yellow purple color guess from tuma growing so fast! Anyways I finally so my mom she had be a appointment in 2 day to get a mamgram done .did it then a biopsy, waited came positive cancer...ended up with stage 4...had both breast removed 3 years of chemo and to more surgerys I'm finally in remission. Don't mean to scare you by know means....but if would have got it seen when it was a pea size, I might still have my breast today...so if u feel something ant right keep getting mamgrams even though they hurt like a SOB..hope I helped good look girl and sorry hope I didn't frighten ya!
587083 tn?1327123862
Inflammatory breast cancer is a very rare type of cancer that would usually present with rapid, unusual increase in breast size,redness, rash, persistent itching of breast or nipple,a lump or thickening of breast tissue,stabbing pain and/or soreness of breast,feverish breast, swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collarbone,dimpling or nipple retraction.
The skin of the breast may also show the pitted appearance called peau d'orange (like the skin of an orange).
Since you have no other symptoms except breast pain,I strongly doubt that you have IBC.
Pain in one or both breasts can be due to many benign causes,(including pregnancy) and it's rarely associated with breast cancer.Breast infection,oral contraceptive pills,injury to a muscle,tight clothing, Costochondritis,(an inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall) could cause similar pain.
Mastitis is often a long road to recovery and sometimes difficult to treat. Many women with breast infection need to take medication for quite a long time to completely get rid of the infection.I think it's best to consult a Breast Specialist for a detailed clinical examination for a definite diagnosis of the cause of your breast pain.
Best wishes ..
8428738 tn?1400362075
You are 36 years old, I thought that’s quite a young age to have breast cancer, right?
25201 tn?1255584436
NO, 38 is not too young to have a diagnosis of Breast Cancer. It is NOT an older person's disease and there have been many cases in women younger than 38. This is why we should be doing monthly self breast exams and if we discover anything new or different have it checked out right away.  Regards ....
8428738 tn?1400362075
Thank you Japdip, well, that's scary! And an eye opening, thanks again.
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